Katy Young


Katy Young
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Karen (Katy) Young, LPC

Katy Young considers herself to be a quite ordinary woman on an extraordinary quest. At the age of four years, while standing in the front lawn of an apartment complex in Abilene, Texas, she happened to gaze toward the heavens and saw the moon; then, one star came out. Then, another star appeared. She remembers standing with her hands on her hips, and thinking, “What is this place and what am I doing here?”

So the quest began that led her to obtain four college degrees over the course of 45 years. Katy has been a day care teacher and a college instructor. She practiced law for 17 years in Arizona. In 2003, following some devastating personal and financial difficulties, Katy moved home to Abilene to nurse her wounds; and, with the help of God, her family, and friends, to “recreate herself.”

Katy received her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Abilene Christian University in 2005. She worked at the Betty Hardwick Center from 2006 – 2011 as a therapist and case manager. Working there with the adult mental health population piqued Katy’s interest in what makes people happy and satisfied with their lives.

Katy believes that most people desire to be happy (however they define that term) and satisfied with their lives. She has a strong background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy. Katy’s goals in therapy with clients are not only to help clients reduce or eliminate depressed and anxious feelings, but to help clients explore what gives meaning and purpose in their lives.

Education

• M.S. Counseling Psychology, Abilene Christian University
• J.D., Law, University of Arizona
• M.S. Child Development, Iowa State University
• B.S. Psychology, Texas A&M University
• Abilene High School, Diploma

Experience while attending ACU:

Completing 320 hours of practicum at Abilene Psychiatric Center Providing group and individual therapy to adolescents and adults with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapy, including biopsychosocial summaries and participation in family therapy sessions.

Completing 160 hours at Windcrest Alzheimer's Care Center and Alzheimer's Association conducting mental status assessments and working with families dealing with Alzheimer related issues as necessary.

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